One can rarely match Oxford for this sort of book. This is a handy volume (hence the "Concise" of the title) that can be easily hefted in one hand. But do not be fooled: this book contains more than you will ever know about English usage.
Dipping into this book is an educative pleasure - you will not regard English in the same light again. The entry on the usage of apostrophes is a classic. Its underlying lesson is that if you scratch the surface of grammar and usage you will soon realize that things are not even remotely as simple as they might have seemed to you in the past.
For anyone who has always had a niggling interest in language and grammar but never got round to studying them formally, this book is a captivating introduction, with only one caveat: a relatively good existing grasp of English grammar and usage is required in order to extract the most from this work. It would not work for someone trying to learn English, for example. Otherwise, this is principally the sort of book one dips into now and again out of mere interest but it serves very well as an authoritative text on English usage.
The paperback binding could be better, though, with softer paper and a stronger spine, but it is not so bad as to deserve an adverse recommendation. The book seems to be able to have taken a bit of a beating over the years I have owned and used it....Continua